On The Book of Job (2)

I have divided this exploration into two parts. Below is the second part. The first part is available here. I have previously considered The Book of Job in a lecture that is available here. At the end of Part I, I set forth the theory that The Book of Job may be read as a…

On The Book of Job (1)

I have divided this exploration into two parts. Below is the first part which introduces the themes of repentance and theodicy. Part II will treat the concept of conversion more thoroughly. I have previously considered The Book of Job in a lecture that is available here. The story of Job is at once ancient and…

On Rudolf Steiner’s The Philosophy of Freedom (3): Thinking, Freedom, & Love

Irrespective of The Philosophy of Freedom’s immense value as a training manual for the development of an individual’s own consciousness and insight, which, as I indicated above, I understand to be its foremost virtue, Steiner’s work received criticism from all sides. And perhaps the harshest critic is the one who ignores such a work altogether. It must…

On Rudolf Steiner’s The Philosophy of Freedom, Part II

In the last section, I noted that the second part of Steiner’s The Philosophy of Freedom forms something like a mirror-image of the first. I likened the first to a consonant and therefore, the second part can be compared, by the same token, to a vowel.[1] The first part concerns the structure of the human being and its…

On Rudolf Steiner’s The Philosophy of Freedom, Part I

In 1894, some one hundred years after the publication of Goethe’s On the Metamorphosis of Plants and Kant’s The Critique of Judgement, the 33-year-old Rudolf Steiner published The Philosophy of Freedom. The purpose of the book was to shed light on the fundamental relation of the human being to the world in which he lives. Steiner’s academic career began…

Letter Fragments on the Evolution of Consciousness

Editor’s note: I found a tattered scrapbook from which I was able to save the following fragments from letters addressed to “Monique” by one “Folio.” What I could discern, I have transcribed for the sake of readers for whom these ideas may hold interest. Folio to Monique. In these words that you wrote, there is…

Owen Barfield (3): Final Participation

The following is a draft-excerpt from a dissertation that the editor of Theoria-press is presently engaged in writing for a doctoral degree in Philosophy, Cosmology, & Consciousness at the California Institute of Integral Studies. Comments welcome. The former earned his M.A. in the same program in May of 2017, of which the culminating project was this presentation.    -4-…

Philosophy and its Opposite

“All philosophy begins in wonder (θαυμάζειν, thaumazein).” This phrase, resounding from the earliest philosophers of Ancient Greece, describes the original conditions of soul that gave birth to the discipline of philosophy. With the enunciation that all philosophy begins in wonder, these “lovers of wisdom” gave voice to the spirit with which they approached their work….

Reading the World-Word & intellectio divina

In all of your rambling, though you travel every path, you will never reach the boundaries of the soul, so great is its Lógos. When Heraclitus issues the characteristically inspired dictum above, he lends his voice to the Lógos whose order it is that this pre-Socratic Ephesian should be amongst the first to declare it….

Calendar of the Soul V

SEELENKALENDER “Calendar of the Soul”—Rudolf Steiner’s 52 Verses for the Year ∇ Fifth Week of the Year ∆ Below is Dr Steiner’s original verse followed by my translation into English. Im Lichte, das aus Geistestiefen Im Raume fruchtbar webend Der Götter Schaffen offenbart: In ihm erscheint der Seele Wesen Geweitet zu dem Weltensein Und auferstanden…